Trey Grayson has served as the Director of the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University since January 2011 after previously serving six years on the IOP's Senior Advisory Committee.
Grayson is a recognized expert and frequently interviewed on the Institute’s younger voter research effort exploring political beliefs of Millennials (18- to 29-year-olds), America's largest generation. Grayson's work as Director is also focused on exploring ways to increase fairness in, and access to, the democratic and electoral process, including election administration, presidential primary and voter registration reforms.
Grayson served two terms as Kentucky's Secretary of State from 2004-11. Upon his election in his first run for political office in November of 2003, he became the youngest Secretary of State in the country. During his tenure, Grayson was recognized as a national leader in business services and government innovation – modernizing the Secretary's office by bringing more services online and enhancing Kentucky’s election laws through several legislative packages – and for reviving the civic mission of Kentucky schools by leading the effort to restore civics education in the classroom.
During his administration, Grayson’s colleagues asked him to serve in a variety of prominent national leadership positions, including as chair of the Republican Association of Secretaries of State and President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) from 2009-10. Grayson also sat on the NASS standing committee on business services and the NASS executive committee and held numerous positions within the organization including NASS Treasurer, chair of the NASS Elections committee, co-chair of the NASS Presidential Primary subcommittee, vice-chair of the NASS committee on voter participation and NASS representative on the Council of State Government Executive Committee. Through these positions, Grayson developed a reputation as a national authority on presidential primary reform and election administration.
In 2013, President Obama appointed Grayson to the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration with a mission to identify best practices in election administration and to make recommendations to improve the voting experience.
Grayson graduated with honors from Harvard College (A.B., Government, 1994), where he was an IOP student leader, and from the University of Kentucky (J.D. 1998, M.B.A., 1998), as one of the first Kentucky MBA Scholars and Bert Combs Scholars, the College of Law’s top scholarship. Prior to his election, Grayson served as an attorney with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald and Keating, Muething & Klekamp, where he focused on estate planning and corporate law.
Grayson and his wife, Nancy, reside in Belmont, Massachusetts with their two daughters, Alex and Kate.